For the week of February 16th to 22nd, check out off-limits architecture tours, interactive exhibitions and an Art Deco Mardi Gras party.

Monday, February 16th

Join the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation in a book reading where murder meets history at “Shadows on Bleeker Street.” In the novel, after a rare book signed  by legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglass is stolen, Professor Jeff Gardner joins a  Bleecker Street literary  walking tour, which he feels will enable him to recover the book—and  trap the killer of Jeff’s  colleague, who had discovered the Douglass book. The event is taking place at HB Playwrights Theatre from 6-8 pm. Although the event is free you must RSVP.

The Westminster Kennel Club 139th Annual Dog Show comes to Madison Square Garden is hosting thetonight. Gates open at 6 pm.

Tuesday, February 17th

The panel discussion at the Center for Architecture, “Times Square At A Tipping Point?” will explore Times Square’s turnaround since the 1980s as well as threats to its future like mega-signs, high rents, corporate homogeneity, and errant Elmos. Starts at 6:30pm.

Thursday, February 19th

Join preservationist Lisa Renz on an intimate, hour-long tour of the normally off-limits Woolworth Building lobby. in an exclusive Untapped Cities Tour. We have four late openings to the event. Following the tour, we will lead guests to an optional cocktail hour at the Woolworth Tower Kitchen (Fraunces Tavern on Saturday tours).
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Have screens taken over your life? Artist Aram Bartholl (of Dead Drops fame) has a new show, Point of View at Babycastles. Question the role of your mobile devices by building your own POV headband and wearing your phone on your head at this interactive workshop.

Friday, February 20th

At Cooper Union, the opening reception for the otherworldly photography exhibit Cities of the Dead: The Ancestral Cemeteries of Kyrgyzstan by Margaret Morton at 6:30pm.

Join The Collaborators on Friday in an interactive live art event at The Art Factory in Tribeca at 9:30pm, collaborating to make a piece of original art in front of a live audience. T

Saturday, February 21st

Explore classic New York with the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art in a tour of the landmarked Harkness House. Discover the design of an Italian Renaissance Palazzo without leaving New York City, and marvel in the interiors which have remained virtually unchanged since its completion in 1908. Two tours at 10:30 and 1:30pm.

Sunday, February 22nd

Celebrate Mardi Gras with the Art Deco Society of New York in the grandiose fashion of the 1920s and 1930s in the restored Prohibition-era bar, the Flatiron Lounge. Starts at 8pm

Check out upcoming Untapped Cities tours including an exploration of abandoned Dead Horse Bay with Abandoned NYC, tours of the Woolworth Building and more.

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